A Bulgarian prison turned the father-in-law of the Prime Minister of Great Britain from a “confused communist into a compassionate capitalist” (Obzor)

In 1974, today’s billionaire Narayana Murthy got on the express from Niš to Sofia and struck up a conversation with a boy and a girl, but the gentleman got angry, called the police and the Indian was sent to a cell for 3 days, where he was left without food

The father-in-law of the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – Narayana Murthy, has been in a Bulgarian prison for 3 days without food, Indian media reports.

The incident took place in 1974 on a trip between India and Paris and was recounted by Murthy himself at a technology festival in 2020.

The young man was left at the station in Nis, from where he had to take a train to Sofia the next day. However, the restaurant refused to give him food, as he did not have Yugoslav currency.

The next day, all the banks were closed, so he had no way to withdraw money.

“I decided to lie down at the station to save my energy, and boarded an express train to Sofia at 8 p.m.

It was a defining moment in my life

A boy and a girl sat across from me in the train. I was fluent in English, French and Russian and tried to strike up a conversation. Until the boy answered, the girl knew French and was nice and friendly. We were talking in French about life in Bulgaria, when the boy who was with her got angry with me about something, I didn’t understand why, and called the police”, says Murti, who is called the Bill Gates of India.

After they arrived, authorities removed Narayana Murthy from the train and officers took his passport and luggage.

“They threw me into a cell two by two. The room had only one toilet in the corner, no bed, chair or table. The floor was cold”, recalls the rich man, who now has 4.5 billion dollars.

Murthy spent 72 hours in jail,

during which time no food was given him. After the third day, the police took him at 1 o’clock in the morning to the platform and put him on a departing freight train.

The billionaire remembers being told that he was being let in because he was from the “friendly country of India”. His passport was returned when the train arrived in Istanbul.

Narayana Murthy has repeatedly described his stay in the Bulgarian prison as a “bitter incident” that turned him from a “confused communist into a compassionate capitalist”.

“If a country treats its friends like that, I never want to be part of a communist country,” he says.

After this incident, Murthy decided to become an entrepreneur, his first attempt at starting a company was unsuccessful. He claims that what happened in Bulgaria made him realize that a country can only prosper by creating jobs that can only be provided by entrepreneurs.

Today, Narayana Murthy is one of the innovators in the Indian technology industry. Founded his company Infosys in 1981 with no experience,

with money he borrowed from his wife

He is currently among the richest people in India.

Narayana Murthy’s daughter – Akshata – is the wife of the new Prime Minister of Great Britain Rishi Sunak. The two met at Stanford University, where he was doing a master’s degree after graduating from Oxford.

They got married in 2009 in India

Akshata’s personal fortune is estimated at 430 million pounds. She owns stakes in several businesses of her father Narayana Murthy, considered the founder of the IT sector in his home country.

To celebrate his son-in-law’s new post, Murthy broke his usual media silence and said, “We are proud. We are confident that he will do his best for the people of the United Kingdom.”


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